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Monthly webinar – Leak Survey Technology for Natural Gas Systems – November 4 – register now

Please register now for the next in the series of monthly webinars conducted by AEGIS Loss Control – Leak Survey Technology for Natural Gas Systems – which will be held on Wednesday, November 4, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time.

All operators of jurisdictional natural gas distribution systems must at various intervals conduct a gas leak survey of the system to ensure that the system is not leaking. The 49 CFR Part 192 Subpart M (Maintenance) regulation prescribes minimum requirements for maintenance of pipelines. Included in the subpart is §192.723, which requires each natural gas distribution system operator to conduct periodic surveys of its entire system for the purpose of locating and eliminating system leaks. Leakage surveys of business districts, typically areas where there is wall-to-wall pavement, must be conducted at intervals not exceeding 15 months, but at least once each calendar year. Remaining portions of the system must be surveyed at intervals not exceeding five years, except for unprotected distribution pipelines subject to §192.465(e), which must be surveyed at intervals not exceeding three years. The location, condition, pipe material and population densities are some of the factors that are considered in the determination of the survey frequency.

This webinar will review the current state-of-the-art natural gas leak detection technologies, including flame-ionization (FID), optical infrared and laser leak technologies. Leak classification and pin-pointing using state-of-the-art combustible gas detectors (CGIs) from catalytic combustion/thermal conductivity to optical infrared technologies will be discussed. Portable, mobile, aerial and fixed applications of the technologies and new technologies on the horizon will be covered as well.

The webinar will be conducted by Jim Rutherford, Vice President of the Products Business Unit at Heath Consultants Incorporated. Jim holds four related product patents, including three for plastic heaters and one patent pending on leak detection signal processing. Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Management of Technology, both from the University of Minnesota.

On the morning of the webinar, you will receive a reminder and instructions for participating. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Michelle Battagliese by e-mail or by phone at 201.508.2855.

The AEGIS Loss Control webinar in December will focus on utility contractor pre-qualifications, and details will be posted on our website shortly.

If you have any questions about the monthly AEGIS Loss Control webinars, please contact Scot Macomber, Vice President – Loss Control Utility Operations, by e-mail or by phone at 201.508.2739.